Luncheon on November 20, 2019


The Rise of China: Past, Present, and Future


Covell Meyskens, PhD

Assistant Professor
Naval Postgraduate School


Over the past fifteen years, China has implemented an expansive strategy of economic outreach and growth of national capacities, including military and diplomatic power. In 2013, China’s global share of gross domestic product (GDP) exceeded that of the United States for the first time. China’s growth has had a profound impact on US-China relations and the balance of power in Asia. The rise of China now makes it a geopolitical, economic, and security competitor to the US.

Professor Covell Meyskens looks at the rise of China through the historian’s lens. “China’s rise is not occurring within a historical vacuum,” he asserts. “It is taking place within an East Asian international order that has been dominated by the United States since World War II.” In his presentation, he will discuss the main pillars of American power in East Asia, how China has challenged them in the last few decades, and how the US and its regional allies have responded. He will further explore China’s current ambitions and its prospects for realizing them.

Covell Meyskens is an Assistant Professor in the Department of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School. He received a BA in Philosophy from UC Santa Cruz and an MA in the same subject from the University of Paris. He attended National Taiwan University, Renmin University, and the University of Chicago, where he obtained his PhD in International History. Dr. Meyskens’s first book, Mao’s Third Front: The Militarization of Cold War China, is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press. He is currently working on a second book on the building of the Three Gorges Dam.


  • Wednesday, November 20, 2019
  • 11:30 am: Registration
  • 11:50 am: Luncheon
  • 12:50 pm: Program

Luncheon Menu

  • House Salad with Ranch Dressing
  • Classic Roast Turkey with Stuffing and Gravy
  • Whipped Potatoes
  • Green Beans
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Fresh Rolls and Butter
  • Chef’s Choice Dessert
  • Coffee
  • Vegetarian Option: Pasta Primavera

Luncheon Cost

  • $31 for members
  • $40 for guests


Reservations are due by November 16 for this November 20 event.

Refunds are not available after the due date listed above.

Registration for the luncheon is now closed.  Audience seating for the lecture only may be available, depending on room capacity, on a first-come, first-served basis.


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